'For here, in the very worst of circumstances, is the very best of humanity.'
There is no better way to describe this book, really. The problem that I have with books of this calibre is that to say that I enjoy them seems like the wrong thing to say. But I did thoroughly enjoy this.
Lale Sokolov is tricked into volunteering to go to Auschwitz under the guise of 'working', and he is given the job of Tatowierer, tattooing the identification numbers onto the arms of prisoners that arrive. He hates the job and everything it represents, but he does it because it grants him certain 'privileges', such as extra food rations, which he uses to help those who need it more.
One of these people is a young girl called Gita, who Lale falls instantly in love with, and it is their love story that becomes the centre of this book. This book is... hopeful, I guess, and reminds you that even when all seems lost, the basic goodness of people can help uplift you.